How to Write Code that Operations Will Like

5 hours 45 minutes ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the Monitis blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site.  While you’re there, take a look around at the options you have for monitoring your production site and all of its supporting infrastructure. In recent years, the DevOps movement has gained a significant amount […]

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Erik Dietrich

The trouble with open-plan offices

11 hours 41 minutes ago
Open-plan offices are a favorite among business owners and managers, due to their low cost. In fact, open-plan offices have been shown to reduce building costs by up to 20%. They’re also touted as being beneficial for spontaneous connections with coworkers and encouraging collaboration. But talk to employees who work in open-plan offices and you’ll […]
Belle B. Cooper

New Growth Rate Cycle Date Determined for the U.S.

18 hours 38 minutes ago
Today ECRI is announcing May 2016 as a new growth rate cycle trough date for the U.S. Growth rate cycles are alternating periods of accelerating and decelerating economic growth – and occur within business cycles, which pertain to the level of activity.Growth rate cycle downturns can culminate in either recessions or soft landings that are followed by a reacceleration in economic growth. Using ...
ECRI

CodeIt.Right Rules Explained, Part 2

1 day 7 hours ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the SubMain blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site.  While you’re there, have a look at CodeIt.Right to help with automated code review. A little while back, I started a post series explaining some of the CodeIt.Right rules.  I led into the post […]

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Erik Dietrich

U.S. WLI Ticks Down

4 days 19 hours ago
The U.S. Weekly Leading Index ticks down to 144.5 from 144.8. The growth rate edges down to 5.0% from 5.1%, a 55-week low.To put the economy in perspective please see links below: - read Lakshman Achuthan and Anirvan Banerji's recent article on Bloomberg.- watch Lakshman Achuthan's recent interview on Reuters.- read Lakshman Achuthan's presentation '"America First" in Perspective' at the Minsky...
ECRI

The Fastest Way to Get to Know NDepend

5 days 5 hours ago

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site.  While you’re there, download NDepend and, well, get to know it. I confess to a certain level of avoidance when it comes to tackling something new.  If pressed for introspection, I think I do […]

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Erik Dietrich

Weekly roundup: Tips to help you write better emails

5 days 11 hours ago
I recently covered some tips to help you wrangle your calendar, but there’s another necessary evil many of us struggle to keep a handle on: email. As Shani Harmon writes at HBR, “We’ll spend hours polishing our LinkedIn profiles and revising our résumés, but hastily hit send on an unintelligible missive simply because we’re in […]
Belle B. Cooper

From Russia with risk

5 days 17 hours ago

BE CAREFUL what you wish for. Traders were bored last week and now they have got some excitement. The US equity market suffered its worst trading day in eight months, falling 1.8%, with banks dropping 4%. The Volatility index, or Vix, which recently dipped below 10, jumped above 15.

The Relationship Between Team Size and Code Quality

6 days 4 hours ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site.  While you’re there, take a look at NDepend and see how your code stacks up. Over the last few years, I’ve had occasion to observe lots of software teams.  These teams come in all […]

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Erik Dietrich

U.S. WLI Monthly Edges Down

6 days 20 hours ago
The level of the monthly U.S. Weekly Leading Index edges down to 142.4 from 143.0, the growth rate falls to 5.5% from 7.9%, a one-year low.To put the economy in perspective please see links below: - read Lakshman Achuthan and Anirvan Banerji's recent article on Bloomberg.- watch Lakshman Achuthan's current interview on Reuters
ECRI

How to Scale Your Static Analysis Tooling

1 week ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site.  While you’re there, download NDepend and have a look at the tech debt forecasting features in the latest version. If you wander the halls of a large company with a large software development organization, you […]

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Erik Dietrich

Interview with Brennan Banta, interactive graphic designer

1 week ago
I recently had a chat with Brennan Banta, an interactive graphic designer, about how she organizes work, stays productive, and overcomes procrastination. First up, can you tell us who you are and what you do? Sure! My name is Brennan Banta and I am an Interactive Graphic Designer at the web software company TrueChoice Solutions […]
Belle B. Cooper

How Much Code Should My Developers Be Responsible For?

1 week 2 days ago

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site.  While you’re there, download NDepend and see if your code manages to avoid the dreaded zone of pain. As I work with more and more organizations, my compiled list of interesting questions grows.  Seriously […]

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Erik Dietrich

The High Five: this week brings the heat

1 week 4 days ago

It’s a sweaty High Five this week, as things heat up at the FBI, in Montana and for an internet challenge. Here’s a look at a few of the of top trending Google searches from the week of May 8.

Ya fired

This week, many in the U.S. were focused on the firing of former FBI director James Comey, but the buzz also led to searches about Watergate (search interest spiked more than 300%). The number of searches for Comey surpassed searches for President Trump, with queries related to Comey’s whereabouts, why he was fired, “Who will replace Comey?” and “How long was Comey FBI director?” 

Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Montana’s Glacier National Park is really starting to heat up (and not in a good way). According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the glaciers are shrinking by an average of 39%. Scientists say the glaciers will likely be gone in our lifetime, so interest about Glacier National Park is climbing. People searched to find out what’s unique about the park, how it formed and “What animals live in Glacier National Park?” (For our animal lovers: Bighorn sheep, boreal toads, western painted turtles and rainbow trout to name a few). Question from us: will the animals be okay post-melt??

Bow Wow Challenge takes off

This week, rapper Bow Wow was caught red-handed (red-pawed?) when an airline passenger—now internet hero—called him out for flying in Economy instead of the private jet he posted to Instagram. The internet barked back with the “Bow Wow Challenge,” in which people post a misleading glamorous image next to the actual less-glamorous photo. To keep up with the trend, people are searching, “How did the Bow Wow challenge start?” and “What did Bow Wow lie about?” Thanks to this unintended publicity, search interest in “Bow Wow challenge” rose 1000% above searches for his music. Woof.

It ain’t over until the Idol sings

We said goodbye to American Idol in its final season last year, but now it’s getting an encore. Announced this week, the show is coming back for a 16th season on ABC. Search volume went up a few pitches with questions like, “Who will be the judges on American Idol?” and Iis Ryan Seacrest coming back to American Idol?” (As noted in our trends from last week, Seacrest has a new gig). After the announcement, search interest for Kelly Clarkson, original darling of American Idol, spiked 193%.

Don’t forget!

Mother’s Day is on Sunday (this is your reminder to pick up the phone and call). People are hoping Google can help with “what to get Mom for Mother’s Day,” “what to do for Mother’s Day,” and even “what to write in a Mother’s Day card.” Here’s an idea, inspired by the trends from this week:

Being my mom is the one job you’ll never get fired from, and I sing your praises every day. Global warming aside, my love for you will never melt and to you I’ll always bow. Wow, I’m lucky to have you. Happy Mother’s Day!